Participants of a virtual seminar organized here today on the occasion of the National Paddy Day have underscored the use of renewable energy technology for modernization of agriculture sector. Organized by the Renewable Energy Confederation of Nepal (RECON), the participants have pressed for attracting youths in agriculture sector and preventing the possibility of food crisis emanating from COVID-19. Stating that the energy was a must for production, processing, storage and distribution of agro products, they univocally argued that ‘Prosperous Nepal, Happy Nepali’ motto would only be realized when agriculture sector was commercialized.
Former Minister for Agriculture Janardan Sharma opined that appropriate technology must be employed to yield desired amount of agro products to prevent food-crisis. He viewed that food production would be doubled by ensuring irrigation facility to the arable land. Furthermore, he suggested government to consider job creations for those Nepali youths returning from foreign following the COVID-19 pandemic and mobilize them into agriculture sector. Similarly, former Minister Ganesh Shah argued that the youth would be attracted to agriculture sector if the government acknowledged agriculture occupation as a dignified job. He batted for providing quality seedlings, manure to the farmers and provide them with trainings and exposure visits besides ensuring hassle-free loan for them to convert subsistence-based farming to commercial agriculture.
Likewise, energy expert Prof Dr Jagannath Shrestha shared that al